And now we are back! We've had a week house-sitting in Cowell while waiting for our new fridge (yes NEW!) to arrive.
The news was not good after installation of the new "black box". Fridge still would not work. After more phone calls, investigations and swearing (at himself for making the black box assumption), the tech told us that we were up for a new compressor - about $1200 plus labour, gas and all the little bits!
Whilst the tech had been investigating, so had we. We found a good price on a new Vitrifrigo, same size but updated model and the delivery price wasn't too horrendous. All up, about $2300 for a new fridge. So, quick decision - new fridge ordered. Hence, the trip to Cowell and back.
Tomorrow is installation day and we are both praying that 1) it goes in easily - apparently the door will need removing and 2) that it works.
As far as the house-sit is concerned, it's all good. More about that later on.